Teaching Others about Speech Difficulties

Sometimes other people do show a disproportionate interest in a speech disorder, but it should never automatically be assumed that this is because they are repulsed by it or somehow think less of the individuals. These people may not have ever heard the speech disorder before, they may be listening hard to try to understand the disorder or they may simply be giving the conversation their full attention.

Dealing with a Bully

Unfortunately, speech disorders do sometimes become fodder for bullies. Bullying is a hurtful, harmful activity but there are ways of dealing with a bully and successfully coping with one can make an individual’s self esteem rise..

Those being bullied should also try to stay around other people as bullies often seek out victims who are alone. 

Interventions or Strategies for Individuals with Low Self Esteem Problems:

  • Increase level of trust through consistent eye contact.
  • Active listening, 
  • Unconditional positive regard and warm acceptance to help 
  • Raise his or her ability to identify and express feelings.
  • Assess patient's assessment of self.
  • Confront and restate patient's self disapproval comments.
  • Increase awareness of how he or she expresses or acts out negative feelings about him or herself.
  • Increase awareness of the fear of rejection and its connection with past rejection or abandonment experiences.
  • Explore incidents of abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual) and how they have impacted feelings about self.
  • Analyze goals to make sure they are realistic and attainable.
  • Assign self esteem building exercises from a workbook.
  • Increase ability to identify and verbalize needs.
  • Use family therapy session to gain support in expression of unmet needs from other family members
  • Help patient in develop a specific action plan to get needs met.
  • Have patient agree to make one positive statement about self daily and record it on a chart or in a journal.
  • Reinforce the use of positive statements of confidence and accomplishments.
  • Help patient develop self talk as a way of increasing his/her confidence and positive self image.
  • Teach and assign mirror exercises talking positively about self.
  • Encourage patient's positive self descriptive statements.
  • Challenge patient when he or he is avoiding eye contact with others or during therapy.
  • Instruct patient to make eye contact with whomever he or she is speaking to.
  • Instruct patient to keep a daily journal of feelings.
  • Help patient learn to identify and label emotions.
  • Discuss the meaning and power of a secondary gain when maintaining negative behavior patterns.
  • Help patient identify how self disapproving and avoidance of risk taking behaviors, could bring secondary gain (such as, pity from others, others taking over responsibilities, etc.)

Speech problem is the very difficult for the adults and children who are suffering from it through this article they can benefit to overcome their self esteem issues internally as well as externally.


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